31 January 2016

Scrapbooking culinar cu brânzeturi cum se...cuVin

10:59
Pai, da, scrapbooking! Ca ma blocasem in ideea ca trebuie sa creez ceva mixed-media pe tema asta, asa cum am facut si prima oara. Numai ca, din lipsa de timp, nu m-am gandit prea mult la asta. Si cum nu puteam scrie un articol pe tema asta pe blogul meu, normal ca am apelat la primul meu hobby. Si iata cum, a doua oara pe anul asta, scrapbooking-ul digital ma salveaza ;)! Prima oara m-a salvat aici.
Bun, ca sa se stie de la inceput, de data asta nu scriu pentru premiu, ca atare nu imi voi inscrie articolul pe platforma pe care se desfasoara concursul. Eu am castigat deja, asa ca vreau sa le las si altora sansa sa castige :). Succes tuturor!

Eu, Cabernet Sauvignon si Edelpilz ;)

So, despre ce e vorba?! Pai, dupa cum va amintiti daca ati accesat primul link, e vorba despre a doua mea degustare de branzeturi si vinuri. De data asta ne-am reunit - din diverse motive, ceva mai putini bloggeri decat mai asteptam - pentru a degusta alte 5 combinatii de vinuri si branzeturi. Vinurile de Samburesti si branzeturile Delaco. Iar evenimentul in sine, "pus la cale" de 4 dintre colegii nostri blogosferici: Corina, Daniel, Cristi si Alin, s-a desfasurat la Casa Ghincea.
O sa va spun ce am aflat si mi s-a parut interesant, nimic mai mult. N-o sa ma concentrez pe critici referitoare la modul de organizare sau de servire, desi o sa le mentionez si pe acestea :D. 
Dar sa incepem cu informatiile interesante. Am aflat, spre exemplu, ca vinurile roze, preferatele noastre, ale doamnelor si domnisoarelor, isi schimba calitatile (culoare, gust) dupa un an de la fabricatie, ce n-am inteles insa este daca dupa primul an de fabricatie mai sunt adecvate pentru consum, dar poate ca n-am fost atenta, am socializat toata seara, deci e posibil :). 
De asemenea, specialistii invitati la degustare ne-au spus ca daca, atunci cand admiram culoarea vinului din pahar, detectam tonuri de albastru/violet, e cel mai sigur semn ca vinul e nou si nu are mai mult de 1 an.
Ah, si de unde credeti voi ca vine gestul de a ciocni paharele atunci cand dam noroc? Pai de pe vremea cand inca se dadeau dueluri pe lumea asta. Poate ca, inainte de duel, adersarii se intalneau in birtul din apropiere pentru a bea si manca. Insa, cu siguranta, motivul pentru care ciocneau paharele cu vin era ca sa se asigure ca vinul nu era otravit de adversar. Astfel, atunci cand ciocneau paharele, vinul era transferat (de miscarea de balans) dintr-un pahar in celalalt, si, in concluzie, fie mureau amandoi, fie supravietuiau amandoi.
Cam asta mi-aduc aminte acum. Si iata mai jos si vedetele serii respective, branzeturile (cum se)...cuVin ;).

Apetisant, stiu :D

So, ce ziceam de modul de organizare? Am tot 3 fapte si in aceasta sectiune. 
Sa incepem cu inceputul. Evenimentul s-a desfasurat la Casa Ghincea. Aveam o parere mai buna despre ei, dar s-au dovedit fie cam nestiutori in domeniu, fie cam zgarciti, fie ambele. Nu stiu, dar: 
1. intre vinuri e recomandat sa bei apa. Pai apa nu se putea obtine decat contra-cost la ei, si doar la sticle de 750 ml.
2. apoi, atunci cand se degusta vin si branza, pe langa nuci, smochine, struguri, se serveste si paine alba. Ei, n-am vazut asa ceva aici, nimic in afara de feliutele pe care venea branza
3. iar referitor la "design", branzeturile au fost servite pe platouri albe. Branzeturile se servesc pe platouri negre sau mai inchise la culoare, sa contrasteze bine. Altfel, nu dau deloc bine unui ochi cat de cat format :).

Una peste alta, mi-au placut mai mult vinurile de Oprisor, iar locatia, desi Casa Ghincea mi s-a parut mai eleganta decat crama de la Rex, nu s-a ridicat la inaltimea asteptarilor. Branzeturilor nu am ce sa le reprosez ;).

M-am simtit bine cu fetele de la masa unde am stat, am vorbit si socializat toata seara :). See you soon, girls ;)!

Masa "rosie" - eu si 2 din comesenele mele in mijloc, plus 2 bloggerite de la masa vecina pe extremitati ;). Lipsea Mirela C.

La final, multumesc frumos colegului meu blogosferic, Daniel, pentru accesul liber la fotografii si va urez tuturor o iarna...vesela ;)!


25 January 2016

A son, his father and their crafty time together

10:47
Long time no post about my workshops. They used to take place on Thursdays, but now, because of a big, important and urgent project that Vlad's mommy is involved in at work, they had to take a break until spring :(. This is why he recently came accompanied by his father, who - would you believe - is pretty experienced in handmade projects: he helped his son to finish the quilling gifts for the girls in his class and now he created his own desk calendar. 
Just because of this, i thought i would show you what Vlad and his father created lately (you can see here what they created since they started the workshops). Being the first meetings of the new year i thought we should do something useful as well. That's me, i know :D. So we decided to make a desk calendar, one for each. For Vladut with summer prints, to keep him motived throughout the school year, and for mommy with geometric prints because she prefers those ;). So here are Vladut, his father and their desk calendars, in the making, then finished: 







I will miss them, we got along so naturally from the very beginning. Im already looking forward to March so we can restart our workshops, where, for a few hours, we kind of forget about stress :).

A friend of theirs, who followed us on FB, will join in starting this Friday. The little girl is only 5 years old. It will be sweet creating with her. Now she is in the mood to create winter-y projects (normally enough, is -13 degrees Celsius outside :D), so that's what we will do ;). Will keep you in touch, obviously.

22 January 2016

Filarmonica Oltenia - Expo Grafica si Mixed Media

10:50
Dragi prieteni,

Va spuneam ca orasul nostru este invadat saptamana asta (Saptamana Suediei din cadrul Stagiunii Europa) de cultura suedeza si suedezi. 
Domnul Vlad Dragulescu, managerul Filarmonicii Oltenia, ne-a oferit ocazia mie si lui Magnus de a expune in foaierul institutiei creatiile noastre de grafica si mixed media. Iata aici reportajul Alege TV despre expozitia mixed media:


Iar aici il vedeti pe Magnus descriind pe scurt lucrarile din expozitia sa de grafica:


Va multumim pentru vizita online si pe craioveni ii asteptam la Filarmonica pana duminica 24.01.2016! Intrarea la expozitie este libera!

17 January 2016

Craiova - invadata artistic de suedezi

20:02
Pentru cei ce nu stiu inca, am placerea sa va anunt ca luni, 18 ianuarie, incepe Saptamana Suediei. Totul se desfasoara la Filarmonica Oltenia, in cadrul stagiunii "Europa Season". 
Well, in cadrul acestei saptamani, eu si Magnus ne vom expune creatiile in foaierul institutiei. Venind la expozitia noastra, care se va extinde pe parcursul intregii saptamani, va veti putea delecta cu 16 creatii mixed-media si desene in carbune. 
Iata cateva imagini de azi, cand am instalat expozitia:


In miniatura


Controlul CTC

Introspectie

Ii multumim foarte mult managerului institutiei, dl. Vlad Dragulescu, pentru ca ne-a permis sa ne aducem contributia la Saptamana Suedeza!!! Suntem onorati!


Insa ce inseamna Saptamana Suediei si ce ofera publicului? Pai sa incepem cu evenimentele organizate de Filarmonica Oltenia:


In afara de asta, miercuri, 20 ianuarie, incepand de la orele 19.00, putem viziona la Cinema Modern filmul suedez "The Reunion" (2013). Mie dintotdeauna mi-au placut filmele suedeze, se aseamana foarte mult ca stil cu cele englezesti, care, din punctul meu de vedere, stabilesc standardele ;). Deci cu siguranta ne veti gasi la film miercuri.

Si, astea fiind zise, cred ca am acoperit destul de bine termenul "invazie" ;). 
Va asteptam cu drag sa va delectati simturile cu desene, tablouri 3D si, pe deasupra, cu muzica si film!

16 January 2016

MI1 brings back Santa

12:39
Hello everyone! Im back with another post. By the posting frequency i could deduce that this year will be a very active and creative one. And i can only be happy about this. 
So what's this one about? Well, like any other novice artisan, im looking for inspiration wherever i can, and YT is one big resource. There i found Mike's channel, a very cool mixed media artist from UK whom i liked instantly ;). Moreover, i was happy to find out that in 2016 he launched a challenge for everyone that is into mixed media (art journaling and so on). And i felt i wanted to join, even though im usually a bit shy about this. He launches a challenge in the 1st weekend of every month, so the 1st challenge of the year is ongoing.
Well, if you know me by know you should know i love Christmas, that i had no time in 2015 to create something for the occasion and that i have tried to create something in 2016 as well, but the result was something totally different, that finally i was happy with :).
Well, with this challenge how could i miss the opportunity to try again to create something Christmas-y??? No way!!!
So here i am, 3 weeks after Christmas, with a journal page with Santa, snowflakes and lovely wishes ;). Hope you like it, I certainly enjoyed the process to the maximum and im not unhappy about the result either ;).


Focus on Santa ;)

Love the crackly look given by the tissue paper

I finally got my hands on some white crackling paint

The snowflakes are in 3D

Oh, i almost forgot, here are the conditions we had to meet for this 1st challenge:


Now on to the FB group to post my creation. 
Until next post, let's have a lovely weekend! Here they say winter will hit again for a week or so, But we can't complain about 0 degrees in January, in Växjö they have -15 degrees, so let's enjoy winter, yes ;)!

15 January 2016

Scrapbooking digital cu arme

15:42
Da, dragii mei, cu pistoale, ati citit bine! Va zic acum cum sta treaba. Dar mai intai putina istorie. 
Am descoperit scrapbooking-ul digital in acelasi timp cu scrapbooking-ul clasic, in 2009, insa nu am fost niciodata atrasa de el, parandu-mi-se un surogat. Dintotdeauna am preferat scrapbooking-ul clasic, care iti ofera senzatii autentice si de durata. Motivele sunt mult mai multe, dar o sa ma rezum la astea.
Cum am ajuns totusi sa apelez la aceasta metoda? Liana, colega noastra blogosferica, ne-a transmis ca suntem invitati sa ne intalnim martea asta la un club de tras cu arcul si pistolul - Archery-Airsoft Craiova. Eu cand am auzit de pistol, am facut urechile caus, pentru ca dintotdeauna mi-am dorit sa trag cu pistolul, sa vad macar cum e. Simteam ca e genul meu de arma si ca mi-ar oferi senzatii "cool", cum se zice. Nu va speriati, nu sunt deloc adepta ideii ca oricine trebuie sa detina o arma, DIN CONTRA!!! Pentru mine e doar de distractie si atat!
Insa nu am avut noroc, pentru ca Sorin, patronul si instructorul clubului, nu mai avea butelii de aer comprimat, asa ca nu am putut trage cu pistolul. Insa nu am putut rezista tentatiei de a cere sa vad cum arata si de a atinge aceasta arma si m-am simtit, intr-adevar, super! Bineinteles ca, daca tot am reusit sa pun mana pe arma, am profitat sa fac si o poza ;).


Cu arcul am fost dezastru :)). Recunosc ca neplacandu-mi prea tare, nici nu m-am concentrat pe tinta. Dar daca si cu pistolul la fel stau, ma dau batuta :(.
In orice caz, merita sa stiti ca, daca se aduna un grup de minim 5 persoane, puteti suna patronul si programa o ora. Eu abia astept sa se faca vremea frumoasa sa merg sa trag cu pistolul. Clubul il gasiti pe Rocada, in curtea fostei Fabrici de Tutun (care, a-propos, are o arhitectura superba).
In calitatea noastra de bloggeri, trebuie sa scriem despre orice eveniment la care suntem invitati, cum a fost si acesta. Si, desi as fi vrut sa fac o pagina de jurnal mixed media cu poza in care "trag" cu pistolul, nu am avut timp sub nicio forma. Insa iata ca, nesperat, scrapbookingul digital mi-a fost salvarea. Repede am instalat un soft in care am incarcat pozele de la eveniment, am selectat template-ul preferat, numarul de poze, nivelul de decorare si optiunea de documentare si in 5 minute era gata pagina :). Am ajuns la concluzia ca scrapbooking-ul digital functioneaza de minune cand esti in lipsa de timp.
Sper ca veti lua in considerare aceasta optiune de petrecere in mod sportiv a timpului liber, pentru ca, printre altele, este si un mod excelent de a va elibera de stress ;). Cand voi reusi sa trag cu pistolul pe bune, o sa va dau de veste. 
Pana atunci, toate cele bune si spor la tintit obiectivele pe anul asta ;)!

08 January 2016

OPEN - transforming art

16:04
LATER EDIT:
I have some info i forgot to share with you about the canvas. Its about the theme of this creation, what i had in mind, its message, which might escape to some or be confusing. Even though the word "OPEN" is pretty self-explanatory, but just in case ;). 
So there are 2 ways you can look at this: one is that we should always open our mind and heart at what happens around us. 
And the other one is that we should never be afraid to open new doors that lead to new worlds, to knock at doors that we want open :).
So, i hope this information helped to better evaluate my creation. Thanks everyone a lot for taking a peak at the blog and don't be afraid to (be) open :)!

Hello, dear readers!

This is the 3rd post this week, i can't believe it, i did not write this much since 2010, when i launched the blog. Btw, in February my blog will be 6 yo. I can't believe that either :D.
Now, the reason why i have a 3rd post for you this week is because i created something NEWSomething new starting from something oldWell, old is a strong word for it, it only had 3 days, but i was not that happy with it and this was bugging me. Im like this that I cant stop until im happy with the final result. 
When i said something NEW i meant it from more than this 1 point of view. It is new also because its in the style i have always wanted to use. What stopped me from doing it earlier was the lack of courage and the idea i did not have everything i needed. When, in fact, i almost had :D. I will never say i have everything i need :P. But is there any artist who does ;)?
So, this is my 1st creation in this style and im really happy with it. I really hope you will enjoy!

Read a totally different and more artistic point of view about this creation here:

 OPEN

 OPEN - detaliu
The door "bell" still works

 OPEN - detaliu1
Structure detail

06 January 2016

Quadrilogy in black and white

13:09
Hello dear readers!

Today i have something new and totally different for you. It's not something I created, but this should not matter. All that matters is the way the observer (you) feels when looking at them. The artist is my husband, Magnus, and these drawings are the result of playing with leftovers from the pen sharpener. Yes, the result of sharpening the pens. Amazing, i know. 
Now, the technique has probably been used before, but what matters is the result, the way he uses the product, the motions he applies, the expression he puts in the characters' eyes...these will always create something different and impressive. 
He always had the most amazing ideas and i must confess i love to put his ideas into "practice" - my mixed media. This time the idea developed during the process, quite usual as it happens :). It all started with a waterdrop and it ended up with a quadrilogy. Which i kindly invite you to admire here. Meanwhile, just a preview, in black and white, his favourite style to take photos. We hope you enjoy:




04 January 2016

Never too late for Christmas

12:04
LATER EDIT:

If you want to see what became of this canvas - something totally different, i tell you that -, then please check out this post ;)! Thanks, everyone!

Good morning, dear readers, and Happy New Year! I hope you had lovely holidays and made a good start into 2016.
About me what can i say? This Christmas caught me almost completely unprepaired. And when i say that i don't talk about the cooking and cleaning and so on, but about the way i felt. Im telling you in all honesty, i got a bit scared thinking i lost the "child in me", because it's the first time when i did not feel the Christmas spirit, until the day before. The previous years i was getting in the mood already in the beginning of December. I know, you will say "listen to Christmas music" and so on, but i did, and still something lacked it seems. I really, with all my heart, hope it was the lack of time that made me feel this way. Because i had no time to make my handmade cards either, no time to create at all. I wanted to make a mixed media canvas or layout about Christmas and i did not manage that either. And i tell you, i suffered because of this.
But don't think i gave up :). Passion does not let anyone give up on what they love. So, with all this free time, right after Christmas i started building my creative feeling (dont ask me how i do this, i dont know either :P). As you will see, it took me a while, because only yesterday, 3rd of January, i managed to create something.
And even though i wanted it to be something childish, the muse took me on another path, not completely different, but still :). I actually wanted to make a tree out of papers and the background was much lighter, basically white with some details painted in light blue and green. I like it when i start out with something and i get totally something else. So this is what i managed and you can find the creation here
The thumbnail photo is taken using flash, so the colours are somewhat lighter than in reality. Hope you enjoy it.
(photo using flash)

(the deep edge of the canvas is also painted)

(texture detail)


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